Bus service proposal: Route 284 - Introduction of fixed stops

Closed 23 Sep 2015

Opened 17 Aug 2015

Results Updated 4 Apr 2016

Between August and September 2015 we consulted on changing the hail and ride section of route 284, which runs between Ladywell and Catford stations, to fixed stops. Over 140 people responded to our consultation, and we have been carefully considering responses since this closed in September. Thank you to everyone who took part.

We had a number of detailed responses, but it was clear that generally most people supported the move to fixed bus stops. Following the consultation, we have decided to remove the proposed northbound stop on Chudleigh Road (opposite numbers 11/13) from the plans.  By not installing this fixed stop, we can lessen the impact on parking, while still ensuring that the distance between stops is between 300-400 metres.

Working with the London Borough of Lewisham we plan to install the stops in early 2016.

For more detailed information on the consultation responses please download the reports below.

Click here to download the consultation report (PDF)

Click here to download our responses to issues raised document (PDF)

Click here to view the updated map of bus stop installations (PDF)

Overview

Update - 2 December 2015

Between August and September 2015 we consulted on changing the hail and ride section of route 284, which runs between Ladywell and Catford stations, to fixed stops. Over 140 people responded to our consultation, and we have been carefully considering responses since this closed in September. Thank you to everyone who took part.

We had a number of detailed responses, but it was clear that generally most people supported the move to fixed bus stops. Following the consultation, we have decided to remove the proposed northbound stop on Chudleigh Road (opposite numbers 11/13) from the plans.  By not installing this fixed stop, we can lessen the impact on parking, while still ensuring that the distance between stops is between 300-400 metres.

Working with the London Borough of Lewisham we plan to install the stops in early 2016.

For more detailed information on the consultation responses please download the reports below.

Click here to download the consultation report (PDF)

Click here to download our responses to issues raised document (PDF)

Click here to view the updated map of bus stop installations (PDF)

Details of the original consultation can be found below.

Update ends

The London bus network is kept under regular review. As part of this, we develop proposals for changes to services.

Route 284 operates between Lewisham bus station and Grove Park station every day of the week. It operates on roads solely located in the London Borough of Lewisham. The majority of the 284 route is fixed stops with hail and ride stopping arrangements in the section between Ladywell and Catford. The hail and ride section is in both directions on the following roads: Chudleigh Road, Bexhill Road, Manwood Road and Ravensbourne Park.

What we proposed?

We proposed to introduce fixed bus stops along the existing the hail and ride section between Ladywell and Catford. A hail and ride stopping arrangement means there are no fixed bus stops, instead the bus is able to stop at any safe point along the route so passengers can board. However, our drivers are finding it increasingly difficult to find safe places to stop along this route.

This proposal would introduce 15 (we originally proposed 16) bus stops along Chudleigh Road, Bexhill Road, Manwood Road and Ravensbourne Park. The proposed bus stops would be a fixed post and flag, although where appropriate lamp columns may be used. We are not currently proposing to place any bus shelters along this section.

We have worked closely with officers from London Borough of Lewisham to identify sites that are safe for bus stops to be placed. There have been a number of visits to look at potential stopping sites, and we have now chosen the ones, which we think, are the most appropriate. Generally, these proposed stops reflect the locations that the buses currently stop to pick up, or drop off, passengers. The locations are shown on the map below.

Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

 

Why have fixed stops?

We have found that fixed bus stops offer more benefits for passengers. These benefits include:

  • Clear information – fixed stops make sure you know where can get the bus to and from. The fixed bus stop posts allow us to display posters and journey time information. This could then be used to help notify people in advance if there are any changes or diversions expected.
  • Improved accessibility – we are proposing to create fully accessible bus stops. A fixed stop ensures that there is enough room available for our drivers to deploy the wheelchair ramp safely, and space for wheelchairs to wait before boarding. It also allows passengers to board the bus without having to step up or down.
  • A more reliable journey – currently the 284 can potentially be stopped numerous times along this short stretch of the route. This means the service is prone to disruption. Fixed stops would improve punctuality and allow us to more accurately predict the journey time.

 

How did you choose where to put the stops?

Typically, bus stops are placed approximately 300-400 meters apart, though there may be a shorter distance between stops in busy town centres. Journey times are affected by the number of stops on a route, so ensuring there is a good balance is important.

We need to make sure that there is enough room for the buses to stop safely at a fixed stop. We have visited the roads a number of times and walked along the route assessing potential sites. As part of the design process, we have also undertaken a bus test and looked at the various stop locations chosen.  Our proposed stops take into account the road layout, sight lines, speed bumps, proximity to houses, and any existing street furniture such as lampposts and road signs.

The proposed locations of the stops are detailed on the road maps below. We have chosen these sites as we think they are the safest places available on the roads. Some of the proposed locations do result in a loss of parking spaces, but we have tried to keep this to a minimum.

 

Why do you need so much room on the road for the bus stop?

Bus stop markings on the road are referred to as the bus cage. This area ensures there is enough room for the bus to approach, stop and pull away from the stop safely. Looking at the frequency of the 284, and the size of the bus, we have identified that we will need a 19 metre bus cage on the road. No stopping or parking of other vehicles would be permitted in this area.

In detail

The maps below show where we are proposing to place the stops. For clarity we have included more detail on each of the roads affected by the changes.

Chudleigh Road North

There are six proposed locations for stops on Chudleigh Road. The map below shows the location of the three stops closest to Ladywell Station. Eight parking bays will need to be suspended.

Towards Grove Park Cemetery

  • Chudleigh Road – Outside party wall 19/21

 

Towards Lewisham

  • Chudleigh Road – On the lamp column outside party wall 60/62
  • Chudleigh Road – Opposite numbers 11/13 (we are no longer planning on installing this stop following consultation)

 

Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

 

Chudleigh Road West and Bexhill Road

We are proposing another three stops further down Chudleigh Road and two stops on Bexhill Road. These are shown on the map below.

Towards Grove Park Cemetery

  • Chudleigh Road – Outside number 111
  • Chudleigh Road – Outside number 153 or 155
  • Bexhill Road – Free standing stop situated just before the Railway Bridge

 

Towards Lewisham

  • Bexhill Road – Located on lamp column 2, 30 metres east of Chudleigh Road
  • Chudleigh Road – Outside number 106

 

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Manwood Road

There are three proposed locations for stops Manwood Road, and one on Ravensbourne Park next to Ladywell Fields. These locations are shown on the map below. Eight parking bays will need to be suspended.

Towards Grove Park Cemetery

  • Manwood Road – Outside party wall of number 145/147
  • Ravensbourne Park – Opposite number 105/107

 

Towards Lewisham

  • Manwood Road – Outside number 150
  • Manwood Road – Opposite number 153

 

Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

 

Ravensbourne Park 

There are four proposed locations for stops on Ravensbourne Park. Two near Ravensbourne Park Gardens, and two close to Catford station. These locations are shown on the map below. Overall six parking spaces would need to be suspended.

Towards Grove Park Cemetery

  • Ravensbourne Park – Outside boundary wall of number 56 and 60A
  • Ravensbourne Park – Outside number 4

 

Towards Lewisham

  • Ravensbourne Park – Outside number 9 Hilary House
  • Ravensbourne Park – Opposite number 72

 

Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

 

This consultation is part of the process that fulfils the requirement for TfL to consult under Section 183 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999.

 

 

Areas

  • Lewisham

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • Bus route 284